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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Feb 17, 2013 6:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What did we decide?

Including Garcia.

I think Phil was the only one who might say (or wish he could say) Composer for songs. But luckily we have Wikipedia to sort these things out. And I quote:

>Not to be confused with lyricist.
>Not to be confused with composer.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Songwriter

If you go to the "composer" link, the scholars of Wikipedia elaborate:

>In popular and folk music, the composer is usually called a songwriter, since the music generally takes the form of a song.

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Feb 17, 2013 9:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What did we decide?

And I don't quite accept that, Wikipedia notwithstanding. I would call it the Bob Dylan effect. When I was growing up it was sort of accepted that, in most most cases, somebody wrote the words, somebody wrote the music, and somebody else sang the dang song. After Bob Dylan, you weren't worth shit unless you composed your own stuff and bared your soul or commented on the world. And the onslaught began - James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, Paul Simon, Carole King (actually she a bridge to the prior era - Goffin and King) etc. and forever the game changed. The era of the songwriter. God knows I bowed at their feet and saw everyone and loved it. But Jerry wrote the music and Hunter wrote the words. So in my mind, Jerry was not a songwriter, he was a composer of many memorable melodies and Hunter was the lyricist.